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The Best PCs You Can Build for $300, $600, and $1200

We’ve walked you through building your own computer before. In this post—which we’ll update periodically as prices and components change—we’ll walk you through the hardware we’ll need for three different system builds: a budget workstation, a powerful all-purpose PC, and an enthusiast’s system for gamers and… »8/19/15 7:52pm8/19/15 7:52pm

Fresh Beer Only Demystifies Brewery Codes So You Always Buy Great Brew

Android/Web: Make no mistake, some beer ages well, but others just get gross and skunky the longer they’ve been on the store shelves. If you want to make sure you’re getting fresh brew for your money, Fresh Beer Only for Android (and the accompany web site) can tell you.… »7/19/15 12:40pm7/19/15 12:40pm

Prime of Life: The Story of My 20s, as Told in Amazon Purchases

Amazon turns 20 today, which means it’s nearly the same age I was when I graduated college, moved across the country, and started living alone. The world has changed, and Amazon has its own transition period to undergo. But if it’s anything like me, it can manage these growing pains easily—with an overflowing digital… »7/15/15 12:27pm7/15/15 12:27pm

The Best Gadgets to Keep Your Kids Entertained Over the Summer Break

If the weather wasn’t enough to clue you in, you can’t ignore that it’s definitely summer now that the schools are closed and the kids are suddenly free from the clutches of teachers and homework. Sadly that leaves us with the problem of keeping them entertained over the next couple of months. School might suck, but… »7/12/15 1:00pm7/12/15 1:00pm

Amazon's Plan For The Future Of Shopping Is More Than Just Buttons

Yesterday, Amazon announced that it was introducing a physical One-Click button, in its ongoing effort to remove any friction or thought from the mindless ordering process. But one detail from the announcement escaped most people’s notice: the fact that Amazon wants to integrate its auto-buying technology into… »4/01/15 10:00pm4/01/15 10:00pm

Amazon Dash Button: The Ultimate Convenience or the End of Civilization?

Amazon’s latest experimental product is the Dash button, a programmable key that makes reordering essentials like laundry detergent as easy as pushing Start on the microwave. Is this the best thing that ever happened to busy America? Or a sign that we’ve become the docile servants of our Amazon Prime accounts? »3/31/15 7:00pm3/31/15 7:00pm

The Complete Guide to Choosing (or Building) the Perfect Standing Desk

Standing desks are popular, but choosing a good one is no easy task. You could go with a motorized, whole desk replacement, or DIY a simple solution. You could even buy an adjustable attachment to go on top of your existing desk. Let's talk about what you may need in a standing desk, what you can get for your… »1/28/15 3:57pm1/28/15 3:57pm

The Return Policies at Big Retailers, Just In Case You Were Wondering


      I'm not saying you don't like your gifts. I would never say that. But, hey, maybe that sweater doesn't quite fit. Maybe plaid leg warmers aren't exactly your style anymore. Maybe your sister bought you another friggin' salad spinner, seriously, like it's not an unsubtle hint to diet, could you even be more… »12/26/14 10:00am12/26/14 10:00am

      Meet Amazon's #1 Reviewer, a Quirky Woman Who Loves Battery Chargers

      Ali Julia may or may not be her real name. But to the complex and influential world of Amazon reviews, Ali Julia is a name to be reckoned with. The mysterious Boston woman with an affection for computers and battery chargers is the number one ranked reviewer on Amazon. She sounds a little quirky, too. »12/20/14 9:01am12/20/14 9:01am

      Autonomous Carts Make the Easiest Part of Shopping Even Easier

      The best part of grocery shopping isn't finding some exotic new flavor of yogurt or the free samples, it's tooling around the store like a rally car driver with your shopping cart. So why have researchers developed an autonomous human-tracking cart that follows you around the store? Seems like time better spent making… »12/17/14 10:03am12/17/14 10:03am